Sigwolf wrote:Better yet... why don't they let drivers get in "the chase" for participating in a race at some point in the season? Then the champion could be determined by which one has the most accumulated points from all 36 races added together, ya know, from actually racing? Nah, that would be crazy.
relantel wrote:Rainout, and rain shortened. Surprised they called it at 3pm eastern on a track with lights.
First career win for Almirola, and unlike his lone Nationwide win, he gets to celebrate in Victory Lane. (He started a race when Denny Hamlin couldn't get there on time, and was replaced mid-race, with Hamlin ending up in Victory Lane, with Almirola credited with the win in the history books)
First time Petty 43 wins since 1999 at Martinsville (and John Andretti driving). Most of the big names were involved in a big one on lap 20, when Gordon, Stewart and Stenhouse tangled at the front of the field. Knocked out Stewart, Stenhouse, Edwards, Harvick and Johnson and damaged Gordon, Earnhardt, Bayne, Kenseth. TNT cited that 7 of the 10 winners on the season were involved in that wreck, so I'm missing a couple names of the 11 total involved. A later wreck took out 15 cars, such that only 17 cars finished on the lead lap. Terry Labonte almost had a top 10, finishing 11th.
relantel wrote:Sigwolf wrote:Better yet... why don't they let drivers get in "the chase" for participating in a race at some point in the season? Then the champion could be determined by which one has the most accumulated points from all 36 races added together, ya know, from actually racing? Nah, that would be crazy.
It would be nice to have the way it used to be. I haven't checked recently, but I think I saw that half of the chase winners wouldn't have won under the non-chase system. Just a quick check:
2013 - Johnson by 19 over Kenseth (Johnson by 41 over Harvick)
2012 - Keselowski by 39 over Bowyer (Keselowski by 19 over Biffle)
2011 - Stewart, by tiebreaker over Edwards (Edwards by 78 over Harvick)
2010 - Johnson by 39 over Hamlin (Harvick by 285 over Johnson)
2009 - Johnson by 141 over Martin (Johnson by 66 over Gordon)
2008 - Johnson by 69 over Edwards (Edwards by 16 over Johnson)
2007 - Johnson by 77 over Gordon (Gordon by 353 over Johnson)
2006 - Johnson by 56 over Kenseth (Johnson by 4 over Kenseth)
2005 - Stewart by 35 over Biffle (Stewart by 215 over Biffle)
2004 - Busch, Ku by 8 over Johnson (Gordon by 47 over Johnson)
So... 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012 were closer finishes non-chase than chase. 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 were different Champion.
So... old system all the way, Johnson a 3 time champ and Gordon is 6 timer, with Edwards twice and Harvick once. Though those are all colored by the 48 team sandbagging some of those regular seasons, and flipping the switch for the Chase. Think 2010 might have been the year the 48 was 7th in the points after Richmond. The net effect is one really doesn't know what would have happened in the non-chase scenario since the non-chase scenario wasn't in play.
JS© wrote:Couldn't they also limit the number of times that a full-time Cup rider is able to enter a Nationwide race throughout the year?
dodint wrote:South Boston is fun. I've walked that track and raced it a lot in iRacing. Would love to see a Nationwide throwback day there. heh.
skullman80 wrote:Man I wish I wouldn't have watched that video.
It's awful what happened to the guy, but why oh why would you get out of your car in the middle of a race and stand in the middle of the track even with a yellow flag? Not to excuse what Steward did/did on purpose cause I have no idea.
I mean I'm not a big race guy, but the few races I've been too, I've never seen someone get out of their car like that mid race even during a yellow and stand in the middle of the track.